Beauty in the Ordinary

This is not about being brilliant, or extraordinary, it's not about wanting to be famous, or making headlines, or trying to impress...this about sharing a 'gift' each day with the lift the spirit of people when they read this blog, to show them the beauty in the ordinary.
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Recently, Victoria has been walking me through creating a vision board.
This isn't something that comes easily or naturally for me, but she believes in their power, and so I listen.

I'm having trouble finding just the right picture that will keep me focused on the end game and not allow myself to get tied up in the details of getting there.

I do, however, have a very clear picture of what I my head.

 Picture this...

It's a gentle, warm late-summer evening, the sky is inky-black and full of stars.
Behind the swish of the wind in the tops of the trees, Sarah is seducing us with her silky voice, telling tales of angels and mysteries.

Time moves at a sweeter, slower pace.

At the bottom of the garden sits a long table, covered in ancient linens redolent of the loving hands of mothers and grandmothers who have gone before us and cocooned by swathes of twinkling fairy lights.  Flowers, lately gathered from the garden, are plopped haphazard into mismatched vases and china and crystal from each phase of my life sits waiting to be graced with food. 

Around this wonderful table sit my family, and my family of friends, all the people I love. 
They are laughing, sharing, enjoying each other.

I emerge from the kitchen wrapped in a beautiful apron, a bowl of something delicious and nourishing in each arm and slowly begin my descent down ivy-clad steps to the table.  Over my right shoulder I hear "Jack"...there is only one person who calls me this as he has done now for almost 40 years.  I turn, smiling and see him standing behind the camera....the moment, the scene, the vision is captured.

This is the perfection that sits in my heart.


  1. How beautifully written! What a wonderful scene. :)

    (I like the new header picture. It reminds me of the Fantastic Mr. Fox. Have you seen the film? Delightful!)

  2. Well from the moment you started to describe your moment I was there,I could see and feel it all,what a lovely picture to have in your mind and to put it on a board would be amazing..and just imagine the warmth and love and encouragement every time you looked at it.Just perfect. Carole

  3. am visiting via willow -- what a beautiful blog you have, and such a cool concept, written by two sisters -- great idea!

    and i really enjoyed this post about a vision board....great image too~

  4. You have written the vision quite beautifully.

  5. The only thing that would make your vision better is if you had a handsome chef in the kitchen cooking the food and a handsome waiter serving the food!! ;-)

    Love the picture at the top of your post -- the blues are so pretty and soothing.


  6. Kelly...yes to the handsome part...but no, the cooking and providing is the part I love the best.
    And...Fantasict Mr. Fox came for a ride with us on Sunday. Just trotted right alongside.


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